Is there something in life that you would do anything to get or have? Is that one thing above anything else that is important to you? Would it stop you from serving God? Would it interrupt relationships in your life? How far would you go to get this thing that you wanted or thought you needed so bad? Is that thing to prove a point to some one else? Are you out to make them feel bad for the wrong they have done to you? How about you husbands out there.. Is there something you are doing right now to prove a point to your spouse? Same question for you wives that are reading this. I used to be able to answer every one of those questions yes.
Matthew 25:31 - 46
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I love that scripture because it is such a true representation of how we should love our spouse. It is a great picture of how we should be willing to sacrifice for our spouse. I can think of so many times where I put my needs in front of my spouse, my family, and others. What a selfish person I was. I put my needs in front of others, the feeling of want and need went away for a brief moment. After that high was over, again I was left with an empty feeling looking for the next big thing to fill it. But now that I am living Matthew 25:31-46 in my walk with Christ, my marriage, my family, and towards others I have a feeling of spiritual and self fulfillment that I didn't even think was possible.
I am here to tell you that you don't need anything but Jesus. When you have Jesus everything else in your life will fall into place. Marriage headed the wrong direction? One or both of you need to submit to Christ and his will for your life. Is your life headed in the wrong direction? Seek Christ and turn every thing over to him and he will change it in a heart beat. All you have to do is ask. Luke 11:9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Seems pretty simple to me and that was all I had to do. I asked and God forgave me. I sought Christ out and I found him. I knocked on the door and Christ loved me so much that he gave his life for my sin. Like I said before there are consequences for sin. It makes you stupid and I will keep saying that over and over again. But I can tell you this. Turning your life, your marriage over to Christ will be the best decision you ever made. How do I know? I asked, I sought, I knocked. I am home with my family, I love my wife more than I ever have. I would do anything for her. My marriage is becoming this amazing journey. God can if you allow him.
OK so what to pray for, the next couple of weeks we need God to work on a couple of details. We will be going back to court next week. We need to finish one final detail and we need the Lord to work. Continue to pray for our kids. Continue to pray for a decision about a change we need or need not to make.
Father thank you for answering the door when I knocked. Help me to love my wife and give her exactly what she needs when she needs it. I know father I am not perfect, but I thank you for your daily grace that you so freely give.